pop artist Jim Dine. They highlighted several of the images that Dine used repeatedly: bathrobes, tools, hearts and paintbrushes. According to the curator notes:
"These motifs began as stand-ins for the artist, what he called an 'autobiography through objects', giving him the licence to do what he wanted in different improvisations. 'When I use objects, I see them as a vocabulary of feelings', he once declared."
Being a huge advocate of working in series, I am always delighted to find a bunch of artworks that demonstrate that practice by a famous artist. It's particularly interesting to search out recurrences in printmaking, because you can sometimes see different states printed from the same plate.
Dine talks about the bathrobes: "I found this advertisement in the New York Times, and it looked like I was in it. It was an empty robe, and I thought, this is a good way to be a modern artist. I don't have to draw my face. So for a few years I used the bathrobe, and I kept calling them self-portraits."